Lisa Wallin - Aug 29, 2022

A city like Rome, which has almost three thousand years of history under its belt and has already experienced several barbarian invasions, doesn't let itself get down so easily. Not even by a pandemic.

The long history however makes something sluggish and resistant to change: Rome isn't called the "Eternal City" for nothing, after all. The Colosseum, the Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Roman Forum: remain the central attractions for all visitors who go on Rome travel holiday. Even a thousand years from now on, it will be true.

Even the gastro and nightlife areas are, at first glance, always the same: the Trastevere, the Testaccio, the Campo de' Fiori, and the Monti district. But for the young and trendy Romans, the music is now playing away from the Centro Storico: the Movida has shifted in recent years to the student quarter of San Lorenzo, to the former working-class neighborhood of Garbatella, and especially to the multicultural district of Pigneto.

Squeezed between the two arterial roads Via Prenestina and Via Casilina, the former proletarian quarter has become a culturally and gastronomically lively district, with countless bars, trattorias, enotecas, music halls, boutiques, stores and markets. One of the first to discover the district was Pier Paolo Pasolini, who in 1961 shot his film Accattone around the Trattoria Necci dal 1924. The Necci is still today one of the most popular meeting places - but it has received a lot and very good competition.

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